Do you have a Christmas stash area for your presents? How many times have you bought a Christmas present months ahead of the holiday season, only to either forget you bought it or forget where you put it? Believe me, this happens to a lot of us! One way to help is to keep a gift giving list, where you keep track of what you have bought for each person, regardless of whether it is February or December.
Another easy way to help keep you organized, and remembering what you have already bought, is to have a Christmas stash area where you put all your presents. Whether it is in a specific room, such as a spare bedroom or the basement, or a specific place, such as under your bed or at the top of a hall closet, keeping all the presents together in the same location will help you remember everything you have bought when you just have to go to one place to see it all. It is far easier than when you have presents scattered in hiding spots throughout the house.
If you have snoopy kids, you will probably need to be a bit more creative about where you hide things, since places like closets and under beds are pretty common, but they might not think to look in the back of your ensuite bathroom cupboard.
When you have a Christmas stash place, you will know where that cute martini glass necklace is that you bought your sister back in April and it will also remind you that you bought your father-in-law a new cordless drill when you bought it in that after Christmas sale last year but promptly forgot about it.
It also means all your gifts are in one place o when you have some spare time, you can do some wrapping in batches, rather than trying to squeeze all the wrapping into a single session a couple of days before Christmas!
It is also great last minute prep work if you plan on doing a ton of Christmas shopping on Black Friday!
If you decide to hide presents in multiple places, consider keeping a list of everything you buy and where you hide it. You can even password protect the file to prevent snooping.